Mine Manager of the Year

MINING DAILY profiles each of the finalists in the 12 categories of the 6th annual Australian Mining Prospect Awards.

MINING DAILY profiles each of the finalists in the 12 categories of the 6th annual Australian Mining Prospect Awards.

The 6th annual Australian Mining Prospect Awards aim to encourage, recognise and reward excellence in the Australian mining industry.

This year saw record amounts of entries in several categories, including Minerals Processing Plant of the Year, Innovative Mining Solutions and Excellence in Mine OH&S.

The winners will be announced at a gala awards ceremony and dinner at Doltone House, Sydney on Wednesday 11 November 2009.

For tickets and further information please contact Heather Lawson on 02 9422 2791, or email heather.lawson@reedbusiness.com.au

Sandra Collins

Sandra Collins is a finalist in the 6th annual Australian Mining Prospect Awards for her successful management of Cement Australia’s East End Mine over the last four years.

Collins is one of only two women to ever hold a mine manager position in Queensland.

The 50 person, 3 million tonne per annum mine, located at Mt Larcom in Central Queensland, supplies limestone, alumina and silica for the Fisherman’s Landing cement plant at Gladstone.

Over the course of her tenure, Collins has completed strategic limestone resource acquisitions and lease management, introduced mine planning and efficiency standards and renewed the entire mobile equipment fleet.

She has also removed bottlenecks in the blending process and improved mine quality control, introduced a groundwater management strategy and brought maintenance in-house.

The mine also achieved five years without a lost time injury this year.

Collins has also worked hard to secure paid maternity leave, part-time work and childcare assistance for women in the industry.

Jozsef Patarica

Jozsef Patarica is a finalist in the 6th annual Australian Mining Prospect Awards for his role as general manager of the Fosterville Sulphide Project.

Patarica is a mining professional with a strong track record in the gold industry.

He has worked in management, project evaluation and operational roles in a number of mining centres across Australia.

Prior to joining the Fosterville mine, Patarica worked for Placer Dome as part of the corporate and project development group based in Western Australia.

He joined Newcrest, where he was involved in construction and commissioning of the Cadia Hill Gold Mine.

While in WA, he was part of the team that successfully constructed and commissioned the stage three expansion of the Fimiston Plant for Kalgoorlie Consolidated Gold Mines.

The Fosterville Gold Mine is located 20 km east of Bendigo, Victoria. From 1992 to 2001, the mine was an open pit oxide heap leach operation producing some 230,000 ounces of gold.

John Lamb

MMG Century general manager John Lamb joins the finalists in the 6th annual Australian Mining Prospect Awards.

Prior to joining the north-west Queensland zinc mine in early 2008, Lamb was the deputy general manager at the company’s Rosebury underground zinc mine in Tasmania.

Lamb has 20 years experience in the mining industry and has worked at underground and open cut metalliferous operations throughout Australia.

Upon his arrival at Century, he identified safety, production, cost-efficiency and community involvement as key priorities for the mine.

Century is the largest zinc mine in Australia and the second largest open cut zinc mine in the world.

It produces approximately 500,000 tonnes of zinc concentrate each year.

The mine employs around 850 workers at the Lawn Hill mine and the dewatering and shipping facilities at Karumba, on the Gulf of Carpentaria.

The mine has one of the highest levels of Indigenous employment in Australia, with around 20% of the workforce drawn from local communities.

Dr Craig Stegman

Dr Craig Stegman, general manager of the Northparkes copper and gold mine, is a finalist in the 6th annual Australian Mining Prospect Awards.

The mine, located near Parkes, New South Wales, is a joint venture operation between Rio Tinto and Sumitomo Group.

Stegman was appointed general manager in mid-2007 and inherited a number of safety, workplace culture, business planning and sustainable development issues.

The company said that Stegman is respected by all of his colleagues for his transparent, honest and open nature.

He has brought in a holistic approach to business planning and shaped a proud workplace culture.

In-early 2008, Stegman identified that the mine needed to commit to a core set of values.

He endeavoured to ask all employees what kind of environment they would like to work in.

Stegman also recognised that safety needed attention and, after he set ambitious benchmarks, there was a 70% reduction in injuries over 2008.

Steve de Kruijff

Steve de Kruijff is a finalist in the 6th annual Australian Mining Prospect Awards for his efforts to improve the safety and health of the people in the Mount Isa community.

de Kruijff is the manager of Xstrata Copper’s North Queensland Division, which is based in Mount Isa and has 3552 employees and contractors.

He oversees operations at the Enterprise and X41 underground copper mines and the Ernest Henry Mining open cut copper mine. Over the past six years, de Kruijff has been at the forefront of health and safety innovation.

The teams under his management have developed programs that have led the way for the hardrock mining industry in Queensland.

He is also an integral member of the Mount Isa Living with Lead Alliance and works with stakeholders and members of the community to promote tips to reduce blood lead levels.

In February 2009, Mount Isa was designated as a ‘Safe Community’ under the guidelines of the World Health Organisation.

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